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San Lorenzo de El Escorial Free Tour
9.10 / 10
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The guide Alejandro has been perfect, he has a lot of knowledge and is very funny ... we have had a very very good time
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San Lorenzo de El Escorial is one of the most famous towns in the Sierra de Madrid. Discover why with this fantastic free tour.

Couple taking a selfie next to the Monastery of El Escorial
Craft Houses
Views of the Sierra de Madrid
The main square of El Escorial
A panoramic view of El Escorial
Façade of the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Gardens of the Royal Monastery

San Lorenzo de El Escorial Free Tour

At 11 am, we will meet up in the charming Plaza de la Constitucion square to begin a fabulous free walking tour of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

We will start strolling through the historic center of the town until we reach the elegant park of Felipe II. We will talk about the reasons that led the monarch to order the building of the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial back in the 16th century. We will also tell you some fascinating anecdotes about the King's relationship with this town in Madrid.

We continue the free tour by going to the impressive Coliseum of Charles III, one of the oldest covered theaters in Spain.

We will walk around the grounds of the Royal Monastery, admiring its facade and discovering many of its secrets. Along the way, we will reveal to you the legend of the golden bricks.

Afterward, we will go to the friars' gardens to enjoy one of the best views of the monument and the surroundings of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

We will finish the free tour between 12:30 pm and 1 pm in the idyllic Paseo de los Alamillos.

Group Sizes

Reservations for more than 6 people are not allowed on our free tour. If you are a larger group, take a look at the private tour of El Escorial.

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:

  • A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
  • The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
  • All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
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Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

More Information


1 hour 30 minutes - 2 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english.


English speaking guide.

When to book?

You can book up until the previous day (10:00 pm) if there are still places available. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Digital voucher

Show the voucher on your phone to take part in the activity.


Yes, you must attend with a carer.



Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

    Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 4 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us.


Free cancellation

If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

Meeting point

Plaza de la Constitución square.